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‘Tis the Season for Lawyerly E-Cards; Manatt’s Puts Edgy New Twist on Traditional Holiday Tune

Posted Dec 12, 2012 2:45 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In what's bound to be a growing trend, some law firms are sending out holiday messages by email in lieu of wishing clients and friends traditional season's greetings on heavy embossed cardstock.

Among this year's offerings is an edgy animated e-card from Manatt Phelps & Phillips, sung to the tune of "Carol of the Bells," but featuring alternative lyrics evocative of the mixed blessing that holiday events represent to a number of busy attorneys. Citing deadlines, pending deals, reports and fires that must be put out, the increasingly frenetic song notes that attendance, dressed to impress, is required at an apparent law firm party.

It's sure to feature "very very very wary small talk" and "very very very scary dance moves," the song recounts, as the singer also points out a need to avoid the punch, having missed lunch. Those who didn't receive an e-card from the law firm can take a look at Manatt's effort on YouTube.

Other law firm e-cards posted on YouTube take a more traditional approach to the subject of the holidays.

A Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel e-card set to music simply features a revolving series of boxes on which photos of iconic structures in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris—the cities in which the firm has offices—are displayed. At the end, the firm wishes viewers season's greetings in English and French.

A McDonald Hopkins e-card displays a series of Christmas and Hanukkah scenes as an alphabetical list of attorneys and staff scrolls past on one side of the page and some of their children talk about their favorite holiday traditions.

And a Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice e-card displays a photo gallery of the law firm's community service efforts, to an instrumental accompaniment.

150 Ways to Spread Joy

One of our commenters pointed us to Verrill Dana's holiday-appropriate website/e-card, 150 Ways to Spread Joy. Intended to celebrate the firm's 150 anniversary, it offers suggestions of positive things you can do for your community. Flip through the pages to read all 150 tips.

We suspect this is not an exhaustive list of creative greetings. Readers, have you received any law firm holiday e-cards have that struck your fancy? If so, please share links to them in the comments section below.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "After Lengthy Confab, Manatt Offers ‘Warm Wishes,’ with Disclaimer, on Holiday E-Card"

Updated on Dec. 19 to add 150 Ways to Share Joy.

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